Adam Pershing

Dr. Adam Pershing, a Tucson dentist, will present a lecture concerning oral health and dental issues affecting senior citizens at the Arizona Senior Academy on Thursday (Aug. 3) at 3:30 p.m.

Pershing is a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University College of Dental Medicine.  He joined the Navy after graduation and completed an Adavanced Education in General Dentistry Residency while serving at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, South Carolina. Later he served at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan as a dental officer treating enlisted men and women and their families.

He also trained at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, gaining more continuing education.  He has since qualified as a mentor for that group.

In his ASA talk, Pershing will discuss oral health issues pertaining to seniors such as xerostomia (dry mouth) causes and treatment; periodontal disease and other infections of the oral tissues; bone resorption and some ways to slow or prevent it; and recurrent  tooth decay which sometimes increases, rather than decreasing, as we age.

Pershing said he feels dentistry “is the perfect career for me because it combines science, problem solving, workmanship and communication.  I have always enjoyed working with my hands and developing relationships with people.”

Written by Kay Curtis, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Promoting Oral Health for Seniors: August 2017
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